WSR 08-08-052

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-54 -- Filed March 27, 2008, 11:10 a.m. , effective April 3, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: April 3, 2008.

Purpose: Amend fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: In order to meet the wild steelhead escapement goal for the Hoh River (2,400), the state's sport fishery must close earlier than expected. The entire Hoh and South Fork Hoh will be closed to all sport fishing to avoid incidental impacts to wild steelhead. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: March 27, 2008.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900M   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Hoh River (Jefferson Co.)   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective April 3, 2008 until further notice, it is unlawful to fish in those waters of the Hoh River from the mouth to the Olympic National Park boundary below the mouth of the South Fork Hoh and the South Fork Hoh River from its mouth to Olympic National Park boundary.

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